Our Mission

Dorin C. Matthews
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer of FPA


Dorin has a Bachelor's in Human Services and a Masters in Social Work from Touro College. She has been an Adoptive foster parent for the past eleven years and has faced many obstacles and challenges, with limited support from foster care agencies. Dorin has worked as a preventive case planner as well as in a psychiatric day treatment program for children. She is one of the partners of United Foster Parents Consultants LLC. While working as a foster parent advocate within a foster care agency, she observed that services were not being adequately provided to the foster parents. She decided she wanted to make a change and break that cycle. Dorin has raised and adopted her two nephews. She has also opened her home to other youths in foster care and has  participated in helping the families transition back together. The eleven year experience has motivated her to reach out and help other foster parents, by providing support, education and empowerment, to help them get the services for the foster children in their care. Dorin believe's that the key for foster parents, in order to make change, is unity. Speak up and be heard! That is the only way change will happen. 


SylviaM. Hooper
Founder- FPA

Ms. Hooper is an adoptive child who went back into the system after her adoptive parents passed away at age 15. She was then placed in kinship foster care, where she did not have a good experience. She has made it her personal mission to advocate for children, individuals and groups who are unable or incapable of doing so. 

Ms. Hooper has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Adephi Unversity and has her Masters in Social Work from Touro College. Sylvia is one of the partners of United Foster Parents Consultants LLC. She has worked for the Administration for Children Services as a Child Protective Specialist for two years. She presently works as a student liaison for a middle school in the Bronx. Ms. Hooper also has knowledge and experience of the foster care system as she worked as an Intake Case Planner within a foster care agency, at which she observed the gaps in the foster care system that are affecting the children in care.  She also observed the lack of support and guidance that was provided to both the foster parents and children in foster care. It was from her work experience and lack of support and commitment from her colleagues, that Ms. Hooper decided she wanted to take action and help the families and children of the community make a change.






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Founder's & Board Members
Sylvia Hooper (right) & Dorin Matthews (left)
Ann Dowd  
Secretary of the Board


Ms. Dowd  was born and raised in Holyoke Massachusetts,was a pre-med graduate of Holy Cross College,and has an MFA in acting from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University. She is professional actress working in theather, film, and television.She also teaches Chekhov at Tennessee Williams at Cap 21, an acting school at NYU. She lives in New York with her husband and their two children.Ms Dowd appeared on Broadway and received the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising B'way Debut. Ms Dowd has been in numerous amount of different films such as Philadelphia, Marley and Me. She has appearred on several television series such as law and order and the X- files. She has been a foster parent for 4 years now. 


Phoebe Chen
Treasurer of the Board


Ms. Chen was born in Patterson, New Jersey and grew up in the New Jersey suburbs of. She attended New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Finance and CPA Accounting, with a Minor in East Studies. She is currently an associate at a big 4 accounting firm in the Forensics, Fraud, and Investigations Group. Ms. Chen is planning on sitting for her CPA this year. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, as well as Alpha Kappa Psi. She resides in jersey and works in midtown Manhattan.
Estelle Johnson
Board Member
​Tameika Willis ​​Board Member
Tejah Duckworth
Board Member

Born and raised in Southern California, Tejah received her Bachelors degree from California State University, Northridge in both Sociology and Psychology. There she conducted research on the effects of the court system on child victim behaviors and co-authored “I Spy with my Little Eye: Jurors’ Detection of Internal Validity Threats in Expert Evidence,” published in the Journal of Law and Human Behavior. Inspired by the vital impact of the courts on progressive change, Tejah is applying to law school while working for New York City’s, Office of the Mayor. She currently resides in Harlem, NY where she has
been an active member of the community.
Our Mission

It is our mission to build the power and capacity of low-income people especially low income people of color to have significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives. Help improve the quality of life for children in foster care. ​​We will be responsible for addressing the social service needs of the children in care, as well as people affected by the child welfare system. 


FPA-Foundation is a activist advocacy organization that services the 5 boroughs. We help organize the community around social justice issues and people affected by the child welfare system. such as  Parents,foster parents,grandparents,fathers, and children.  We provide community advocates for foster youths and organize parents around injustices that they are having with the child welfare system. ​​